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Library Services During COVID-19: Home

Information from our Libraries

During this challenging time, we will do our best to keep the community updated about our libraries through this guide.

Services available to YU Students and Faculty

Here is a current list of services available to YU Students and Faculty: 

Meet with a Librarian virtually - Schedule a virtual zoom meeting with a YU librarian for your research and course needs.

Live Chat –  with a YU librarian in real time regarding your library needs (Sunday, 12:00 - 9:00 pm; Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Online renewals – Books can be renewed online.

Grab & Go - *NEW!* - Books can be requested via webform for pick up on the Beren and Wilf Campuses.  Books will not be transferred between campuses at this time.  

Digitization - *NEW!* - Limited selections from our print holdings (select chapters and articles) can be requested by webform and will be emailed.

FAQs

How can I access materials while off-site? 
Yeshiva University subscribes to numerous databases and materials including full-text journal articles, e-books and more.  To search for materials in print and electronic format, visit YU Libraries.  More information about logging into YU resources off-site are available here. 

Can I use the library on-site? At this time the library is not open for on-site use. This information will be updated as the YU Libraries open.

Can I contact a librarian for assistance with my research needs? 
Yes! YU librarians are eager to provide research assistance for identifying the information resources you need – they are available via live chat or you can fill out our Ask Us! form and someone will get back to you.  You can also set up a research appointment with a librarian.

I really need a book that is on campus, is there any way to obtain it? 
Although the library buildings are presently closed, you may request books via the Libraries' Grab & Go service for on campus pickup at Beren and Wilf Campuses. 

My book is overdue. What I should I do?  Will there be fines? 
Books can be renewed online.  During this period there will be amnesty – no fines will accrue for overdue books. 

I don’t think the libraries have an article or a book that I am looking for.  Can I get it from another institution?  
Articles not found at the YU Libraries can be requested through interlibrary loan. Please be aware that many institutions are currently closed.  Books cannot be obtained through our interlibrary loan service at the present time.

I haven’t searched for anything in the library before.  Where do I begin?  
A great starting point is our Library Research Jump Start guide.  You can also connect to a librarian via chat or email.

I borrowed a book via Interlibrary Loan which will soon become due (or it is already overdue), what is my next step? 
Please email our interlibrary loan librarian at interlibraryloan@yu.edu for more information.

What should I do if my password doesn't work?
For issues with passwords, contact the academic computing department. 

When will the libraries reopen? 
We will keep you posted when we know! 

I need to consult a book from the library collection, is this possible?
Yes, our Grab & Go service for pickup on the Beren and Wilf Campuses for library books is available for current YU students, faculty and staff.

I need a selection from a book or an article from a journal that is held by the University Libraries, how may I access or request it?
Yes, our digitization/scan service will make available limited selections from our print holdings and this service is available for current YU students, faculty and staff.

Current Library Hours

Though our buildings are closed, Yeshiva University Libraries continue to offer services and resources for remote teaching, learning, and research.

Online Service Hours:​

  • Sunday, 12:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm